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DIEP "tight" abdomen

jzleatherman Member Posts: 1
edited March 2023 in Breast Reconstruction

I see people talking about having to walk hunched over for a period of time after DIEP flap surgery due to the tightness. I am wondering if having lost substantial weight before hand (with TONS of loose skin) would help avoid this? I am up to 92 lbs lost and I am hoping that will be a benefit in this one area!! Finding extra skin for my reconstruction will not be an issue!!


  • kaynotrealname
    kaynotrealname Member Posts: 343

    I don't think they make you walked hunched over because you're tight. It's more because they don't want any stress on your incisions. At least that's what I was told. I had to do it for a week and it was the worst part during that week. My back was pretty much the only pain I had but it was bad enough to where I will now try to avoid osteoporosis at all costs.